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Subject: Great Songs!
Accordion Noir -
Subject: Accordion player (not Travis)
I think that accordion player is Frank Buckley. He played with Spade Cooley, Deuce Spriggens, and Tex Williams (when many of the same players switched band-leaders). One of the top three or four western swing accordionists.
http://www.b-westerns.com/cooley.htm has pics of Buckley.
http://www.carolinacotton.org/music.html has pictures of him and other players, as well as a wonderful array of stuff on Carolina Cotton, put up by her daughter.
"Great Caesar's Ghost!" Was the pork industrialist John Hamilton, who played Perry White, the newspaper editor in the Superman TV show?
Subject: Great Songs!
The best of the movie are the songs of Carolina Cotton and Jimmy Wakely.
Subject: Absolutely wonderful
I thought it was going to be really mean-spirited about people from the South and it was anything but. I found myself smiling and feeling happy the whole way through it.
Don't pass this lovely little gem of a film by.
Subject: Carolina Cotton
I'm glad to find this movie posted here. Carolina was my mom. And, yes, she was from Arkansas! She really enjoyed making this movie. I remember her mentioning that Merle Travis did indeed appear in it. I'd love to hear from anyone who remembers Carolina, and the people she worked with. Her site is carolinacotton.org
Subject: Yes, it was Merle.
I can't say if Travis ever played an accordion,but he was in this movie. Fun movie.
I'm from Arkansas 1944 -
Subject: I'm from Arkansas
I thought it was very good, thankyou Winston
Subject: I like this movie,
Well I love the milo twins singing pass the biscuits, and one you start watching this movie it holds you. It is clean and funny, if you enjoy the older days, its just fun.
Subject: What A Pleasant Film
A very entertaining and cute film. Once I started watching, I couldn't stop. I absolutely loved the music, so classic. The first tune they played in the living room was grand, I rekun! but I best be gettin' now, time's a wastin!
Subject: I am from Arkansas
Being a native of Arkansas I'm not in the least offended by the movie. I enjoyed it enough that I made copies and gave it out to friends and relatives. Screen writers of this era spun out a great deal of material coming purely from their imagination. And, yes, it has been shown here. I'm an ardent fan of Jimmy Wakely (also a native Arkansan) and I'd highly reccomend you take the time to explore his music. Bottom line is that the movie is enjoyable and nothing more than the stuff and nonsense Hollywood cranked out at the time. 4 stars instead of 5 due to the splices that seem to occure in the midst of so many musical numbers.
Subject: I'm From Arkansas
I love the movie, especially the music, lots of great talent. Carolina Cotton, Merle Travis, The Milo Twins and many more. Especially the Milo Twins since Edwin Milo was my DAD. It would thrilled me to hear from other Milo Twins fans.
Winston Edwin Miolen/Plyler
Subject: Hee-Haw revisited
While this is a somewhat entertaining movie, I have to wonder how people from Arkansas truly felt when they saw this movie (I highly doubt that this movie played in Arkansas anywhere). Playing the residents there as slow, stupid hillbillies is not exactly the way to promote the state, and would NEVER be made today. The story here is quite simple, several groups go down to Pitchfork, Arkansas to exploit the towns notoriety when the town pig has a litter of 14 piglets. Along the way, hillbilly music happens. Lots and lots of it. I love the yodelers. The rest I can take or leave. Not a bad movie, its just terribly stereotypical.
Subject: worth watching
This is good, not great, but well made and entertaining enough to merit your time.
Cajun Joe -
Subject: Great music!
The accordion player really looks like Merle Travis. He also appeared on a 1944 Jimmy Wakely soundie together with Sunshine Girls featuring Colleen Summers who later became Mary Ford. Travis played guitar on an obscure 1947 Wakely record on Sterling label. The song "If You Can't Go Right, Don't Go Wrong" is also heard in this film. Travis never played an accordion.
Nice to see the Milo Twins also, although their segment is very short.
Subject: Merle Travis as member of band?
I've watched this for the umpteenth time -- and I still could swear that the accordion player in the band is "guitar picker extraordinaire" Merle Travis of "Sixteen Tons" fame... if not, that musician sure looks a lot like him...
Now, Jimmy Wakely and Merle Travis were close friends... Carolina Cotton (the female yodeler) can be seen in several Snader Transcriptions of Merle Travis -- but I have never found any reference to Merle Travis playing the accordion...
Subject: Good Old Fashioned Hoe-down Fun!
My mom is from a little podunk town in Arkansas, so I just had to watch this. Cute but hokey. The movie revolves around a little Podunk town called Pitchfork, Arkansas where a sow named ÃÂÃÂEsmeraldaÃÂÃÂ has just given birth to 18 piglets. This is naturally big news. When the manager of a traveling girls troupe hears the news, he figures they ought to head there, because thatÃÂÃÂs where a lot of opportunity and people will be. Naturally enough, the ÃÂÃÂSlowe Packing CompanyÃÂÃÂ whose vice president is ÃÂÃÂHarry CashinÃÂÃÂ wants to find out what exactly it is about this sow that makes her such a prodigious producer of pork. So he sends some of his underlings to surrepticiously find out. And there is a nationally known country and western group ÃÂÃÂ all young men- laying low in Pitchfork, who decide to play country rubes when the girls troupe shows up, for their own merriment and fun. Anyway, this production was a lot of fun to watch, and I was a little spellbound by the lead girl (woman) of the girls troupe ÃÂÃÂ an actress named Iris Adrian, who plays this brassy gal named ÃÂÃÂDorisÃÂÃÂ. There was a lot of singing and dancing, probably from some entertainers that were well known locally at the time, but who are all but forgotten today ÃÂÃÂ Jimmy Wakely and the Sunshine Girls, The Pied Pipers, the Milo Twins, Carolina Cotton (great female yodeler) and Slim Summerville. Some of the songs in this movie are ÃÂÃÂYou Are My Sunshine,ÃÂÃÂ ÃÂÃÂDonÃÂÃÂt Turn Me Down Little DarlinÃÂÃÂ,ÃÂÃÂ ÃÂÃÂYodel Mountain,ÃÂÃÂ ÃÂÃÂStay Away From My Heart,ÃÂÃÂ ÃÂÃÂIf You CanÃÂÃÂt Go Right, DonÃÂÃÂt Go Wrong,ÃÂÃÂ and ÃÂÃÂPass the Biscuits Mirandy.ÃÂÃÂ Don't miss the pig-calling contest. It's a "real" winner!